California BrainWaves

"Making a Splash in the Neuro Community!"

Meet Our Team!

Kiera Rain, Founder of Bay Area Professional Organizer for Special Needs Families

Founder, President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director at California BrainWaves

Kiera Rain founded California BrainWaves after seeing a huge disparity in services for her young son, who is diagnosed with Autism and mental illness. She wanted to ensure supports for her neurotypical daughter as well, who has suffered a lot of trauma due to the lack of support, services, and safety during her brother's episodes. The family originally brainstormed a live/work/learn/play therapeutic Disneyland-like resort for Special Needs Families, and started taking action to making it a reality as a nonprofit. California BrainWaves was officially formed in 2022.


Kiera Rain has been self-employed for the past 19 years, specializing in the mental and emotional health aspects of disorganization through her business, Bay Area Professional Organizer Co.


Studying brain and behavioral sciences and business has always fascinated Kiera since she was a pre-teen. Kiera excelled in school with a 4.0/gifted/honors classes since elementary school. She was awarded Who's Who of American High School Students. Two ivy league schools requested her attendance at age 16, and she had full scholarships to any West Virginia state college. She played sports every season (and broke athletic records), participated in several academic clubs, won several writing contests throughout her school years, started a newspaper in Jr High, was a HS newspaper writer, and took 3 years of Spanish in HS. Kiera started her own business at age 14, moved out at age 16, emancipated at age 17, moved from WV to GA at age 18, and moved to California at age 22, where she has planned. since the age of 12, of running a health center. 


Kiera is liberal, spiritual not religious, a Bay Area resident since 2010. Kiera loves to advocate for the 3 E's: Equity, Environment, Education.

Deborah Zelinsky, OD, Founder of MindEye Institute

Treasurer of the Board of Directors at California BrainWaves

Deborah Zelinsky, O.D., F.N.O.R.A., FCOVD, is a neuro-optometrist noted worldwide for her discovery of the use of eyeglasses to alter sound location, and her subsequent development of the Z-BellSM Test. This patented test is used to determine which eyeglasses best stabilize the linkage between visual and auditory localization abilities. This linkage is applicable to learning, reading, spelling and speech problems. Dr. Zelinsky has a secondary emphasis is on posture shifts, weight bearing, and overall comfort in movement after brain injuries. The measurement of 20/20 eyesight does not consider sensory integration, moving targets or peripheral processing (all of which are critical in people on the autistic spectrum). Even if eyesight is “normal”, there are many other learnable visual skills to help people make sense out of the surroundings. Mind-Eye seeks to expand the standard eye examination, leaving 20/20 in the 20th Century.


Deborah Zelinsky founded the Mind-Eye Connection in 1993. She has spent the past thirty years developing methods for assessment of brain function with emphasis on the often-untested linkage between eyes and ears. Dr. Zelinsky’s cutting edge research in retinal circuitry and three patents in novel usages of retinal stimulation have been described in neuro-optometric rehabilitation publications and optometric courses worldwide. She consults with other optometrists in various states as well as internationally. Currently she is a reviewer for Elsevier’s Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE) and has been a scientific grant reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program several times. Dr. Zelinsky was a director of a Low Vision Clinic. She also worked at a pediatric rehabilitation facility. In 2013, she was presented with the Founding Father’s Award from NORA (NeuroOptometric Rehabilitation Association), is an active member of the World Brain Mapping Foundation, and a neurochampion for the Society for Neuroscience (sfn.org). Her books include “Open your Eyes and Listen” and “An Insight to Vision”. Along with Donalee Markus, Ph.D (designsforstrongminds.com), Dr. Zelinsky is featured in the 2015 book “The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and the New Science of Brain Plasticity Brought It Back” by Dr. Clark Elliott (www.clarkelliott.com). She is also cited in the afterword of Norman Doidge’s 2016 paperback version of the New York Times 2015 Best Seller, “The Brain’s Way of Healing.” She is an invited speaker in the US, Canada and Europe, presenting workshops to internists, neurologists, and rehabilitation professionals in addition to optometrists.


Currently, she serves as founder and research director of The Mind-Eye Connection in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to that clinical work, Dr. Zelinsky is a board member of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics and is the Treasurer at California BrainWaves.

Dr. Marcus Griswold, Founder of Calm Waters Group, PhD in Environmental Engineering, Grant Writer, and Consultant

Secretary of the Board of Directors, Design Team, Fundraising Committee at California BrainWaves

Marcus Griswold is based in Vallejo, CA with his two teenage boys, one with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He has a deep interest in making sure special needs kids are provided the greatest opportunity possible and in the most inclusive ways.  He is the founder of Calm Waters Group, a consulting company, and has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.


Marcus has 15 years of experience translating science and policy to communities and bridging the language gap between communities and governments. His background includes watershed assessment and restoration, climate change, contaminated sites, environmental justice, community engagement, and GIS. He was a US EPA STAR Fellow, co-founder of Blue Water Baltimore, led an NSF-funded Climate Education program, and has served on the Board of a number of non-profits focused on environmental and disabilities empowerment. He has a certificate in Ecopsychology and coaching training through the CoActive Training Institute. Marcus has many years of experience as a Grant Writer and fundraising. He formerly led climate resilience planning for San Mateo County and the State of Maryland and supported US EPAs Superfund and OEJ programs. He works on and provides mediation, facilitation, and planning services to non-profits, tribes, local, state, and federal governments. He often works at the interface of government and community, as a former government employee. Marcus enjoys working on complex and controversial projects. He believes that communities already know what is needed to solve environmental justice, and helps them tell their story, advocate for their needs, and engage with agencies.

Douglas L. Major, O.D., Professional Advocate for Incarcerated Youth and Adults with Special Needs

Family Re-Entry Committee at California BrainWaves

Dr. Major received his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1985 after completing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University. While in professional school, he received numerous national awards for his research in the areas of computer-assisted visual skills and visual problems associated with juvenile delinquency. He also authored several published professional articles and lectured before the American Academy of Optometry and many local parent and teacher groups. Dr. Major has a special interest in the area of incarcerated youth and adults with brain and developmental disabilities. 

Tom Wrobel, Founder of T.S. Wrobel Law Group, Nonprofit Attorney

Legal Team at California BrainWaves 

Thomas S. Wrobel is an experienced attorney and Expert in Nonprofit Law. He represents California BrainWaves in the areas of nonprofit formation, business counseling, estate planning, probate and trust administration. He has been practicing law in the state of California since 1997. Mr. Wrobel has assisted hundreds of organizations, across the country and internationally, in successfully attaining nonprofit tax exempt status with their state and the IRS. He is committed to making life easier for people who are doing good work in the world. Mr. Wrobel graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Philosophy and received his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Law. After law school, Mr. Wrobel passed the Oregon and California Bar and gained experience in litigation, real estate, and business transaction law while working for some of San Francisco’s premier law firms such as: McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May. After initially working in civil litigation his focus turned to the nonprofit sector and assisting nonprofits with formation, obtaining tax-exempt status, and ongoing compliance issues.

Lauri Moffet-Fehlberg, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Principal at Dahlin Group

Design Team at California BrainWaves

DAHLIN's integrated planning and architecture practice has been developed by over 40 years of shaping communities globally, starting in California. We design each project with an intimate understanding of its context and respond to today's issues of resource conservation and sustainability. Our designs are innovative, real and achievable.


Expertise:

Community Planning: Master Planning, Urban Design, Entitlement

Community Places: Institutional + Municipal, Education, Community Amenities, Golf Clubhouses

Place to Live: Multifamily Residential + Mixed-use, Neighborhood Residential, Apartments, Affordable Housing, Senior Living, Private Residences

Work & Play: Hospitality + Fitness, Commercial + Retail, Office, Healthcare, Interiors

Dane Bunton + Nas Mousavi, Founders of Studio BANAA, Principal Architects, RAs

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Here at Studio BANAA, we always consider the broadest context—what do the cities, people, businesses need? And then we dive in on the human view. The one that holds identity. Perspectives. Stories. Like homes made out of abandoned masonic temples, restaurants with the owner’s culture literally etched into the walls, or a brandy experience that takes you back to the Californian gold rush.


Because rare and authentic spaces do wonders for the heart and soul of a city.

Two sides of the big picture. United in the detail.

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Studio BANAA is run by Dane and Nas. Dane, a San Francisco local by birth, and Nastaran, a Northern Iranian expat who grew up surrounded by mountains and the Caspian Sea. They met in architecture school and bonded over a shared love of everything in their right brains: art, design, craft. It was at this point the pair—with two different life journeys, and many different perspectives—united as architects and designers. They still hold some common interests: staring at buildings, absorbing art, being in nature, meeting new clients, throwing dinner parties full of Persian food. But their differences are what keep things interesting.


Dane—who studied business and economics before moving into the world of architecture—likes pondering future cities, the business of architecture (or the business of anything, really), and the craft of architectural drawing. Whereas Nas can more often be found delving into the study of villages and micro communities, resilient structures and materials, biomimicry and ecological architecture.


While their right brains are aligned, their left brains are always thinking differently. So when they come together, they can question, inspire and challenge each other to think deeper. To collaborate. And to explore new ground.


Dane's dad owns and operates Bay Area senior living facilities, and his grandfather passed away from complications related to a traumatic brain injury.

Jeff Barrett, Founder of Jeff Barrett Studio, Architect, LEED AP 

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Registered Architect – California Lic.# C-37499

NCARB Certificate # 99043

Leed Accredited Professional


Jeff is the founding principal and owner of Jeff Barrett Studio. His innovative and forward-looking approach to design is unique in his pursuit to connect the outside natural environment with the building structures which has distinguished him as a leading Architect today. His design insight stems from a passion related to progressing the interconnection of people and places through ecological and technological solutions.


Jeff and the Studio’s design process is centered on collaboration inside and outside traditional design fields and has been developed through a variety of current and previous experiences which has resulted in a diverse body of work.


Notable project experience includes:

Netflix Corporate Campus

VMware Corporate Campus

Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library and Community Center – LEED Platinum

West Sacramento Community Center – LEED Gold

Walnut Creek Library – LEED Gold

San Leandro Senior Center – LEED Gold

Monterey Bay Aquarium

San Francisco Eco Center at Herons Head Park


Jeff's young daughter has seizures. His aunt has severe Autism and has been in RTPs most of her life.